Tag Archives: violence

The little picture…

It’s often a good thing for people to be able to see or understand the “big picture,” when it comes to certain things. There’s a saying for when a person is so focused on the minutia of something, that they … Continue reading

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That cop who died today…

My coworker walked into my office and I told him, only half jokingly, that if one more person pissed me off this morning, I was probably going to snap. Some of the recruits had been pushing my buttons with their repeated mistakes … Continue reading

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Police. are we asking too much…?

By all accounts, Dallas Police Chief David Brown seems like a good man. His life has been touched by turmoil and violence and he’s overcome all of that to become the Chief of Police of the Dallas Police Department. I … Continue reading

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Social media killed five cops…

Many, but not most, of my Facebook friends are police officers, both here in St. Louis and from around the world. This morning, for obvious reasons, most of their posts are melancholy and many include words to the effect of, … Continue reading

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See beyond “the police” for change…

It is absolutely the worst kept secret that police officers are our own worst enemies. For whatever the reasons are, we not only look a gift horse in the mouth, but we question it, frisk it, shake it down, and run … Continue reading

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It happens…another shooting

Counting my time as a recruit, I have been a City police officer for over seventeen years. I was never one of those people who always wanted to be a cop. It wasn’t my lifelong dream for sure. Honestly, I … Continue reading

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Fun with guns…let’s figure it out

I am whatever the opposite of political is. Apolitical? It’s not that I don’t care about what happens in the world I live in, no, I do. I get enough argument and headache at work and with trying to carry … Continue reading

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On violence and the mental health of police officers…Who cares?

“Why don’t you go back in service, Don.” It wasn’t a question so much as it was a request. There were enough police officers on the scene and I wasn’t needed anymore, so the sergeant was cutting me loose to … Continue reading

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It’s a tuesday night…

“I’m scared. Please don’t leave me alone.” I was standing over a boy with dark curly hair and big brown eyes. He was sitting on the floor in a back room of a small, two family house with his back … Continue reading

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Murder? Hmmmph…

“Is he gonna make it?” The woman asked with no real concern in her voice.  Her tone was so matter of fact that she may as well have been asking me about the weather or how my day was going. … Continue reading

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